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December 15, 2009: Long Lasting Friends

Recently, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I stood at the hospital bedside of Valerie Fons. Holding hands, we each held the hand of our oldest friend.

Unable to bring along the magic wand that cures miraculously, I came with a quilt, a photo, and a poem.

The quilt now on her bed is big, bright, and, surprisingly, allowed by the nurses. The photo, in black and white, shows us at 19 and 21. We stand in her parents' back yard, a Houston breeze dramatizing our young, flowing hairstyles.

The poem, written by me at my friend's request, goes like this:

 

FOR VALERIE

A woman such as you, reciever of many blessings,

Can, I know, courageously

Undergo aggressive chemotherapy

Treatment,

Even long term treatment, with grace.

 

Long, gray, hospital days include

Yearning for distant loved ones,

Micala, Korinna, Kayla, Steven, Josh, Shammond, Joe, and others,

Pressing hard on your heart, and

Hindering other plans, yet at the same time,

Opening waterways upon which you may travel in new

Canoes.

You are mother, wife, daughter, aunt, sister,

Teacher, athlete, pastor, guide, and loyal, longlasting friend, and so,

I say, with hosts of others,

Cancer cannot kill you today.

 

Let new blood fortify you, medicines

Edge out unhealthy cells, and, as you daily

Undertake your own mindful meditation,

Keep your eyes on the future and

Endeavor to see both sunshine and shadow.

May you rest and heal in the comfort of my quilt, and

In our maker’s powerful and loving embrace.

Amen.

I dreamed two nights ago of Valerie fully recovered, her hair grown back and in long, dark braids. Standing outdoors in a sunlit campsite by Lake Michigan, she stirred a pot of hearty soup.

Today's Fortune Cookie Fortune:
You will think back years.

Posted on Friday, December 11, 2009 by Registered CommenterMarianne Fons | Comments2 Comments | References9 References

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